Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests
Defrocks Two Massachusetts Priests
For immediate release:
Friday, Dec. 1, 2006
Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president member of SNAP,
the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)
Springfield Catholic officials still have a duty to warn adults and protect
kids from these two dangerous predators. Springfield church authorities
recruited, educated, ordained, hired, paid, transferred and shielded these
Changing a sex offender's job title doesn't cure him. These former priests
should still be regarded as dangerous, and we pray that anyone with knowledge
of their crimes - whether victims or witnesses - they come forward quickly.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nations
oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. Weve
been around for 17 years and have more than 7,000 members across the country.
Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who
were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns,
rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, 314-645-5915 home),
Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747),
Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688),
Mary Grant (626-419-2930),
Mark Serrano (703-727-4940)
Vatican Defrocks Two Roman Catholic Priests
Diocese: Men Had Credible Allegations Against Them
Dupont would not give details of the accusations nor would
he specify the number of children who were allegedly abused.
Graves had been out of the ministry since 1994, Dupont said. There is
no Massachusetts phone listing for Graves.
Kennedy was treated in a church-run psychiatric center following his resignation
as pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Northampton in 1991. In recent
years, Kennedy lived and worked as a chaplain at the church-run Providence
Place retirement home in Holyoke. He no longer lives there. A call placed
to a number listed to an Edward M. Kennedy in Holyoke was not immediately
Two other priests from the Springfield Diocese have been defrocked. In
April, Richard Meehan was defrocked by the Vatican amid allegations of
sexual misconduct. Richard Lavigne, who was accused by more than 20 men
of abusing them as minors, was defrocked two years ago.
Lavigne, identified by investigators as a suspect but never charged in
the 1972 slaying of altar boy Danny Croteau, was convicted in 1992 of
molesting two altar boys.
Graves and Kennedy are named as defendants in lawsuits against the diocese
filed by Greenfield lawyer John Stobierski, who in 2004 helped negotiate
a $7.7 million settlement between the diocese and 46 victims of clergy
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